Even After A Lifetime Of Neglect, This Dog Just Wants To Be Loved

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Seeing Aphrodite, you would never realize that she was abused. She constantly has a big smile on her face.

 

aphrodite_neglect_smiles_6 Source: Cindy Droogmans/A-Team Elite Rescue Dogs

 

And yet, since she was a puppy, the 10-month-old was chained up outside, covered in sores and fleas, before being surrendered to a kill shelter in Texas.

 

aphrodite_neglect_smiles_4Source: Cindy Droogmans/A-Team Elite Rescue Dogs

 

But the neglect didn't leave Aphrodite jaded. She still loves to give and receive affection. As soon as she sees someone she will nuzzle their hand and try and touch them.

 

aphrodite_neglect_smiles_2Source: Cindy Droogmans/A-Team Elite Rescue Dogs

 

When Cindy Droogmans, founder of A-Team Elite Rescue Dogs in New York, heard about the incredible dog, she knew she had to do everything to save her.

 

aphrodite_neglect_smiles_5Source: Cindy Droogmans/A-Team Elite Rescue Dogs

 

Droogmans made plans to get her all the medical treatment and care that she needed to get rid of her parasites and on the road to recovery.

 

Once she is healed up, they will have her transferred to New York, where she will be put up for adoption.

 

aphrodite_neglect_smiles_3Source: Cindy Droogmans/A-Team Elite Rescue Dogs

 

Droogmans told The Dodo:

 

We promise her that she is safe now — and a better life is waiting.

 

If you're interested in adopting Aphrodite, or know someone who is, you can fill out an application, here.

 

If you live in England, you can visit the RSPCA, and if you live in the United States, you can visit the ASPCA to get more information about pets available for adoption.

 

Tens of thousands of dogs and cats end up in shelters each year, either due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. Consider adopting before you shop, and visit your local shelters before going to a breeder. Every dog and cat deserves a fair chance at a forever home.

 

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